British or Irish or Both? Unionism, Protestantism and the National Question

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Minority Voice of Unionism Jennifer Todd (chair), Christine Bell and Gladys Ganiel discuss the chances of a different sort of ‘unionist’ politics that, while affirming British links and identities, also affirms Irishness?

Until the late 19th century, it was commonplace for unionists and Protestants of all varieties to see no problem in identifying as Irish. The rise of Ulster unionism and partition, changed this. As discussions about the future political arrangements on this island develop, what affinity is there nowadays between unionism and Irish identity? What are the chances of a different sort of ‘unionist’ politics that, while affirming British links and identities, also affirms Irishness?

Jennifer Todd was Full Professor, School of Politics and International Relations 2007-2018 (presently emeritus professor) and is Fellow at the Geary Institute for Public Policy.

Gladys Ganiel – a sociologist at Queen's University Belfast.

Christine Bell is Professor of Constitutional Law and Assistant Principal (Global Justice)

Organised by Féile Debates and Discussions Committee and supported by the DFA’s Reconciliation Fund

Go dtí go mall sa 19ú céad, ba ghnách le haontachtaithe agus le Protastúnaigh de gach sórt gan fadhb bheith acu lena bhféiniúlacht Éireannach. D’athraigh teacht chun cinn Aontachtas Uladh agus na críochdheighilte é seo. De réir mar a fhorbróidh an plé ar na socruithe polaitiúla ar an oileán seo sa todhchaí, cad é an dáimh atá idir aontachtas agus an fhéiniulacht Éireannach? Cad iad na deiseanna atá ann anois go mbeidh sórt polaitíochta aontachtaí éagsúla a mbeidh dáimh aici le hÉireannachas, cé go bhfuil dáimh aici le naisc agus féiniúlachtaí Briotanacha?

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